The security authorities in the Upper Austrian region have decided and agreed to ensure that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in December 2020 to preserve the prevailing peace in the country with a view to further and accelerated development.

They have reaffirmed their commitment to carry out their mandate laid down in the 1992 Constitution and have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and ethics to ensure justice and peace before, during and after the elections.

The security services have made this announcement during a regional fair for the peace they have organised in Bolgatanga as part of their efforts to raise public awareness of the need to maintain peace throughout the elections.

It must once again show the Ghanaians that it is prepared to fight against any action that could affect the elections and peace in the country.

The Ghanaian Police, the Ghanaian Immigration Service, the National Relief Service, the Ghana Prison Service and the Customs of the Ghana Revenue Service, the National Fire Brigade and the Armed Forces participated in the exercise.

Assistant Police Commissioner (PP) Osei Ampofo-Duku, head of the regional police, said his unit was willing to provide impartial support for the maintenance of law and order during the elections.

He explained that all the logistics necessary for the police service to carry out its tasks would be provided and staff would be deployed accordingly.

He stated that there are more than 1 400 polling stations in the region, spread over 15 constituencies, about a third of which have been identified as hot spots, and that his equipment has been taken into account in the development of the human resources strategy.

Mr Duku said that in addition to the joint mobile task force, which is ready to assist any polling station or constituency in need of assistance, a number of military personnel have been deployed in a number of polling stations identified as high-risk areas.

The enthusiasm and zeal we have shown today is proof of our commitment to carry out our mandate in a professional manner. This is not the time to show our preference for a particular party, our preference goes out to Ghana. I therefore invite you to be impartial in promoting peace, for that is our duty and that is what we must do, he warned.

Lieutenant Colonel, commander of the 11th Mechanised Battalion, Minita Agyemang, the regional military commander, stressed that the fate, peace and security of the country were the responsibility of the security personnel in the December polls, and called on his colleagues to prove that they were up to the task.

The Regional Military Command expressed the hope that the country will remain peaceful and united after the elections.

Mr Buffoor Yo Asare, Regional Customs Commander of the RAG, stated that the security officers should remain neutral, in particular with regard to the resolution of problems during the elections, in order to ensure that all parties are satisfied with the results.

The route took place along the main streets of Bolgatanga, accompanied by drums, skill shows and posters promoting peace and non-violence. The National Commission for Civic Education (NCEC) and the media participated.

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